The Future of the Past at Fort St. Joseph, Niles, Michigan

Author(s): Michael Nassaney

Year: 2015


The Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project was initiated in 1998 as a collaborative partnership between Western Michigan University, the City of Niles, and various community groups. After 10 seasons of site investigations, scholarly publications, and public archaeology at this eighteenth-century French fur trading post, the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Advisory Committee invited historic preservation professionals, economic development planners, educators, students, and community members to assist in developing a strategic plan to manage the archaeological heritage of Fort St. Joseph and assess the feasibility of presenting Fort St. Joseph as a cultural heritage tourism destination. Recommendations were solicited from various stakeholders on the future of the past at Fort St. Joseph to generate ideas regarding viable possibilities for facilities, programs, and partnerships in support of the community’s archaeological heritage. The process and results of our deliberations are the focus of this paper, including how to protect a site after it has been excavated, the disposition of the recovered data (artifacts, notes, and samples), analysis and publication of results, the effects of research on the local community and the environment, the ramifications of heritage tourism, and sustainable practices for site interpretation, among other issues.

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The Future of the Past at Fort St. Joseph, Niles, Michigan. Michael Nassaney. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395414)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -104.634; min lat: 36.739 ; max long: -80.64; max lat: 49.153 ;